Freund’s artworks become a painterly exploration of his private archive - an eclectic collection of books, magazines, fabrics, and everyday objects.

MAX FREUND

EDUCATION
2012 - 2017 Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna (A), DiplomaClass of Prof. Judith Eisler / Fine arts, Painting

2015 - 2016 HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht (NL)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2023 Blümchen / Ravnikar Gallery (SL)
2022 Slow Nails / Parallel Vienna, with Elektrohalle Rhomberg (AT)
2020 Pepsi Therapie / Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel (DE)
2020 your kid could not do this / contemporary exhibition space g/art/en, Como (IT)
2020 wir sind klein / WUK, Vienna (AT)
2017 Bucket List / Diplomausstellung / Hochhaus Herrengasse, Vienna (AT) 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 2023 the cuteness factor / Ludwig Museum, Budapest (HU) / curated by Ajna Maj & Jan Elantkowski
2022 separate ways together / London (UK) / curated by Wondering People
2020 Liquid Companions / Tim Nolas, Vienna (A) / curated by Cornelia Lein
2019 Über das Neue / Belvedere21, Vienna (A) / with Soybot / curated by Pferd Offspace
2018 waikiki venus / DobraVaga, Ljubljana (SL) / with Soybot
2016 Vienna Contemporary / Klasse Eisler Booth, Marx Halle, Vienna (A) 

RESIDENCIES
2022 artist in residence / Cité internationale des arts, Paris (FR)
2019 artist in residence / Studio H13, Lyon (Fr) 

PUBLICATIONS (SELECTION)
2021 „last waltz in memphis blue“ / book / published by The Drawing Book Project & Quintal Editions
2021 feature „Ave Magazin #8“ / linocut edition / published by Ave
2021 „long distance love“ / with Paul Waak / risograph print edition
2020 „we know each other“ / fanzine / published by Nieves Books
2020 “we no longer buy oranges we buy vitality“ / fanzine / released at 1. Editionale Wien / published by Soybot
2019 “tunnel vision“ / fanzine / published by Studio H13
2019 “seufzy“ / fanzine / with Lisa Slawitz / published by Soybot2018 “du bist gelb und ich bin rot“ / fanzine / with Paul Riedmüller / released at Living Studios
2017 „Nächste Seite“ & „Bucket List“ / fanzine / selfpublished

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Part of the publishing house and artist collective Soybot / attendance of international art book fairs and divers printing activities

Publishing of own publications, artist books, editions
Collaborations see artist website

ARTIST STATEMENT
Max Freund (b. 1992) is a Vienna based artist, working across painting, drawing, print- and bookmaking. Interested by texture, form, language and semiotics, his work unifies classical canvas and found textiles and leftovers, opening a dialogue of picture-cognition. Cross-cultural sign and image systems are incorporated to modulate the multifaceted layers of information surrounding our brains and bodies. Like zooming in and out, he creates imaginative spaces, subordinating motives and depictions, turning links upside down, in favor of abstraction and fusion. Accompanied with doubtful titles, references to music and art history, fiction, humor, resignation and devotion, he allows the medium painting to undergo a multi-perspectival sight to correlate with the past and present.